Biography

Jack May was a mellifluous-voiced actor best known for playing butlers and establishment figures, often representing Britain's interests in far-flung corners of the empire. With regards the former, he memorably played William E. Simms, former music hall artise turned manservant to Gerald Harper's titular swashbuckling adventurer in '60s TV cult classic Adam Adamant Lives! as well as providing the voice of Igor, the long-suffering valet in Cosgrove Hall's 1980s animation Count Duckula. His film credits included the district commissioner in 1975's The Man Who Would Be King and the prosecuting naval attorney in the remake of The Bounty (1984). For many, May was Nelson Gabriel 'the most disreputable character in Ambridge' in BBC Radio 4's long-running soap The Archers. May took the role of the shady rogue, later antique dealer and wine bar owner, in 1952 and continued to play him right up until the year of his death, 1997. This 45 year stint made May, at the time, the fourth-longest serving soap opera star in the world. He died at the age of 75, on 19 September 1997, survived by his wife, the actress Petra Davies, his daughter Henrietta, and son David.

Jack May was a mellifluous-voiced actor best known for playing butlers and establishment figures, often representing Britain's interests in far-flung corners of the empire. With regards the former, he memorably played William E. Simms, former music hall artise turned manservant to Gerald Harper's titular swashbuckling adventurer in '60s TV cult classic Adam Adamant Lives! as well as providing the voice of Igor, the long-suffering valet in Cosgrove Hall's 1980s animation Count Duckula. His film credits included the district commissioner in 1975's The Man Who Would Be King and the prosecuting naval attorney in the remake of The Bounty (1984). For many, May was Nelson Gabriel 'the most disreputable character in Ambridge' in BBC Radio 4's long-running soap The Archers. May took the role of the shady rogue, later antique dealer and wine bar owner, in 1952 and continued to play him right up until the year of his death, 1997. This 45 year stint made May, at the time, the fourth-longest serving soap opera star in the world. He died at the age of 75, on 19 September 1997, survived by his wife, the actress Petra Davies, his daughter Henrietta, and son David.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 45

Birthday 1922-04-23

Day of Death 1997-09-19

Place of Birth Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, England, UK

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

Dawson's Weekly (1 episode)
1990 Jeeves and Wooster (1 episode)
1988 Count Duckula (65 episodes)
1984 The Bounty as Richter
1983 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1 episode)
1983 The Cleopatras (8 episodes)
1982 The Agatha Christie Hour (1 episode)
1981 The Life and Times of David Lloyd George as Lord Runciman
1981 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1 episode)
1980 Escape (1 episode)
1980 Noah's Castle as Mr Gerald
1979 Shoestring (1 episode)
1979 Henry VIII as Lord Chancellor
1978 BBC Television Shakespeare (1 episode)
1978 A Horseman Riding By (13 episodes)
1977 Target (1 episode)
1976 The Seven-Per-Cent Solution as Dr. Schultz
1975 The Man Who Would Be King as District Commissioner
1973 Black and Blue (1 episode)
1973 Big Zapper as Jeremiah Horn
1972 Van der Valk (1 episode)
1971 The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1 episode)
1971 Brett (2 episodes)
1970 Trog as Dr. Selbourne
1970 UFO (1 episode)
1969 Night After Night After Night as Judge Lomax
1967 How I Won the War as Toby
1966 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum as Shopkeeper
1966 Adam Adamant Lives! (29 episodes)
1966 Softly, Softly (1 episode)
1962 A Prize of Arms
1962 Solo for Sparrow as Inspektor Hudson
1962 Dr. Finlay's Casebook (1 episode)
1961 You Can't Win (1 episode)
1961 The Avengers (1 episode)
1960 An Age of Kings (6 episodes) as Duke of York
1959 No Hiding Place (6 episodes)
1958 The Silent Enemy
1957 Nicholas Nickleby (3 episodes)
1957 Cat Girl as Richard Johnson
1944 This Happy Breed as Mourner
1943 Deadlock as Postman
1943 Millions Like Us as Old Man
1941 The Ghost of St. Michael's as Man in Courtroom

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